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U.S., Japan and South Korean bands perform the closing ceremony of the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The festival allowed all of the bands the opportunity to engage and interact with one another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

U.S., Japan and South Korean bands perform the closing ceremony of the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The festival allowed all of the bands the opportunity to engage and interact with one another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

Maj. Cristina Moore Urrutia, the commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, walks to a podium during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 13, 2015. The three-day festival featured performances from 13 different bands, representing three nations -- the U.S., Japan and South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

Maj. Cristina Moore Urrutia, the commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, walks to a podium during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 13, 2015. The three-day festival featured performances from 13 different bands, representing three nations -- the U.S., Japan and South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalists Senior Airman Joanne Griffin, left, and Senior Airman Rebecca Allen, center, speak with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Col. Katsuo Mizushina during a rehearsal at Camp Asaka, Japan, Nov. 10, 2015. The rehearsal gave the band an opportunity to not only refine their performance, but to also engage and interact with Japan Self-Defense Force members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalists Senior Airman Joanne Griffin, left, and Senior Airman Rebecca Allen, center, speak with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Col. Katsuo Mizushina during a rehearsal at Camp Asaka, Japan, Nov. 10, 2015. The rehearsal gave the band an opportunity to not only refine their performance, but to also engage and interact with Japan Self-Defense Force members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

The Japan Self-Defense Force drum team performs during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The show featured performances by more than 1,000 musicians from various marching bands and drill teams throughout each branch of the JSDF as well as U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

The Japan Self-Defense Force drum team performs during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The show featured performances by more than 1,000 musicians from various marching bands and drill teams throughout each branch of the JSDF as well as U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

A South Korean navy band performer dances during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The festival allowed all of the bands the opportunity to engage and interact with one another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

A South Korean navy band performer dances during the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2015. The festival allowed all of the bands the opportunity to engage and interact with one another. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Delano Scott)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific performed at the 2015 Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo Nov. 13-15.

The three-day festival featured performances from 13 different bands, representing three nations -- the U.S., Japan and South Korea.

"It is an honor to take part in the festival," said Maj. Cristina Moore Urrutia, the commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific.

The Pacific Air Forces band last participated in the annual festival 10 years ago.

"For our band to be invited in this 70th anniversary of the end of war between our two countries is really an honor and shows how far we've come as allies in the past decades," Moore Urrutia said. "Being here and representing our nation to the local population here in the downtown Tokyo region gives us a chance to reach out to those who aren't able to see us on a regular basis."

The band prepared months in advance for their performance. In the week leading to the festival, the band took part in a several day rehearsal at Camp Akasa, Japan.

"It was a great chance to not only play with, but also watch all of the different bands and the expertise they displayed," Moore Urrutia said. "To have all of us together in one place provided an opportunity for us to come together and talk about the similarities and differences between our bands and our missions."

The Band of the Pacific, which features a variety of ensembles, was the only group which did not possess a marching element. This potential hurdle to be entertaining to the audience was viewed by band members themselves as a chance to stand out and offer a unique yet engaging performance.

"Ten years ago when the (Air Force) band was involved with the Budokon Festival, we were able to bring other (Air Force) band members to supplement the unit and put on a marching display," Moore Urrutia said. "This time, due to budget constraints, we weren't able to bring anyone else to join us. We thought hard about what we could bring to the table that would set us apart."

The band decided that it was important to them that the Budokon audience took a bit of American culture and the impression of partnership with Japan away from this event.

With jazz being one of the most original forms of American music, the band combined traditional jazz and Japanese pieces.

The band also performed with the Japan Ground and Air Self-Defense Forces throughout the festival, highlighting the U.S. and Japan partnership.

"The festival was my first opportunity to meet and play alongside the Air Force band," said Lt. Col. Katsuo Mizushina, the commander and conductor of the Central Band of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. "It was a great opportunity to create new relationships."

For the last 35 years, the festival has invited U.S. military bands to come and perform at what originated as a JSDF-only performance.

"It's important for us to show the working relationship we have with U.S. partners her in Japan," Mizushina said. "Music is the common language we all share. For our nations to come together and perform helps to reinforce our bond as allies."

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